Standard Woodworking Journal commissioned me to make a
sequence of 10 to-the-point movies about hand instruments that attempt to
strip away the confusion so you will get to work with a fundamental
set of hand instruments and a minimal quantity of agony.
The sequence known as “Mastering Hand Instruments: Primary Abilities for
Balanced Woodworking,” and it will likely be accessible each on
DVD through ShopWoodworking.com and thru ShopClass on
Demand, the journal’s streaming video service.
The DVD model is on sale proper now earlier than it’s launched on
April 16. It can save you $5 by clicking
here. You’ll pay solely $19.99.
If you wish to watch the movies now, you will get a subscription
to Store Class on Demand. In case you act at present (Sunday, April 1),
you’ll get a half-price deal that offers you six months of
limitless entry to all of the movies on ShopClass (and there are
a number of good ones) for $24.99. Click on
here to learn up on the small print. In addition they supply a free
trial subscription for those who aren’t able to commit.
They’ve posted a few the segments from this “Mastering
Hand Instruments” sequence on ShopClass up to now and I’m instructed a brand new
video will seem each different week till all 10 segments are
I’m fairly happy with how this sequence got here out. Although I
actually dislike being on digicam, the crew put me comfy and the
movies have an off-the-cuff really feel, like being in a one-on-one class –
however they’re all concise so that you get what you want with no lot
So what are all of the segments about? Right here’s a listing of what we
1. Why Be taught Hand Instruments? Whereas a few of this
may appear apparent to those that already use them, the advantages
of mastering hand instruments for an influence instrument woodworker are
generally stunning. They are often extra correct and sooner than
energy instrument tools.
2. Knives, Marking Gauges and Slicing Instruments:
Crucial hand instrument isn’t the noticed, airplane or chisel.
It’s the marking knife or slicing gauge. These are the instruments
that information your noticed, chisels and planes. In case you can mark a
clear line with these instruments, you can find it straightforward to work down
to these traces.
Choosing the right marking instrument will be daunting. What are the
variations between a marking gauge and a slicing gauge? What’s
a panel gauge? Do you really want a mortise gauge?
And with regards to marking knives, most woodworkers get fairly
confused. Do you want a single-bevel knife? A double-bevel? A
spear-point knife? How thick? How lengthy? The alternatives will be
On this video, we clarify what’s necessary with regards to
marking instruments. We present you the best way to modify any instrument so it makes
the form of line that hand instruments want. It’s not exhausting – you simply
must assume like a noticed, airplane or chisel.
three. Handsaws: The place to Begin, The right way to Noticed and The right way to
Change into a Maestro: Regardless of how a lot you’re keen on your
desk noticed, there are occasions that it’s neither the protected nor
sensible possibility. For instance: Pulling down tough inventory in a
car parking zone, slicing quick inventory to size or slicing tremendous
Nonetheless, if you’re sensible, you will get into handsaws with solely
two cheap saws that can by no means want sharpening and can
idiot your pals at Colonial WIlliamsburg into pondering you
are a handsaw maestro. The trick is to select the appropriate (low cost)
saws and know the insider methods.
This video will present you the best way to do a number of work with an
cheap dozuki and Sharpoint noticed. You’ll be taught the 10
errors that the majority sawyers make and the best way to observe a line each
time (it doesn’t take years of observe). Upon getting
mastered these two saws, we’ll discover the normal equipment of
5 saws (two handsaws and three backsaws) and what these 5
saws can do for you for those who resolve to go deeper into the subject.
four. Chisels: Primary Sharpening, Paring and Chopping &
Mallets: Sharp chisels make woodworking simpler. They
sq. out routed corners, they chop out waste they usually can
pare plugs flush together with your work. However fashionable units of chisels can
price as a lot as $250. Then it’s important to purchase the sharpening
stones (one other $200) and learn to sharpen.
What if we may present you the best way to take two dwelling middle chisels,
some sandpaper out of your store and a $10 jig and be set for
life? It’s true. You don’t need to get a PhD in metallurgy or
promote a kidney to have the sharpest chisels within the metropolis.
Upon getting these two chisel sharp, we’ll present you the appropriate
strategy to chop and pare with these instruments – chisels are probably the most
harmful hand instrument, interval. You’ll additionally find out about probably the most
necessary instruments that work together with your chisels: the mallet. Be taught
the variations between the round- and square-headed varieties
and what weight it is best to select on your work.
5. Rasps: Shaping Curves and Cabrioles:
Cabriole legs look intimidating, and sculptural types (assume
Maloof rocker) look inconceivable if you’re a fan of plunge
routers as an alternative of rasps. However the fact of the matter is that
you don’t want a complete instrument roll of rasps and carving instruments to
make shapely curves.
As a substitute, you simply want one cheap instrument – that by no means wants
to be sharpened – and know the fundamental strokes to prove
cabriole legs and compound shapes with ease. When you grasp
this Shinto rasp, we’ll discover the normal rasp equipment of the
hand-tool woodworker, together with cupboard rasps, modelling rasps
We’ll take a look at the distinction between machine-made and handmade
rasps and why it’s normally price the additional cash to purchase the